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White Night: Formica Formations

Evoking fond memories of the Formica dining suite your parents had when you were young - the one with the metal legs and the two-tone bench top and vinyl chairs - this exhibition celebrates the world's love affair with the eternally durable Formica through a grown-up exposé of furniture - and quite unlike any your mother used to own.

Open on White Night, 12 March, 1:30pm - 11:00pm
Lower NZI Foyer, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive

Enter the world of Formica Formations™, an extraordinary collection of sculptured chairs created by nine world-renowned architects, each challenged to design a chair for sitting, lying or playing upon. Using 420m2 of Formica laminates, the result is a visually stunning collection of chairs from museum-worthy sculptures to gritty functional domestic pieces.  Debuting in 2008 when Formica collaborated with the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, the collection includes works by Jaime Velez, part of the team designing Dubai's Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world.  Valez's Dancing Line is made from a single laminate sheet flirting curves in places you would not expect of the traditionally flat Formica.

Architectural Pritzker prize winner, Zaha Hadid, designed Cirrus using polished black laminate reminiscent of a gleaming opal.  As you move around the piece, the seat's views and angles morph into another. The original chair fetched US$200,000 at auction.

Come along for the best seat in the house.

Image Credit: Zaha Hadid, Cirrus, 2008, Polished black laminate